Conference Workshops

Sunday, October 14
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Legislative Update
Cindy Gallagher, SAANYS Director of Government Relations

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Special NYSED Session on New ELA and Math Learning Standards and Related Assessments
Patrick Whipple, NYSED

This session is designed to familiarize participants with the Next Generation ELA and Math Standards.  The goals, implementation timeline, and actions leaders can take over the 2018-2019 school year to set a strong foundation will all be discussed.

Leading Innovation with Apple:  Setting the Foundation for Technology in Learning, Teaching and the School Environment
Paul Vassak, Apple

Digital learning and mobile devices are changing education. Explore strategies for leading your school through this transition and discover elements for creating a successful technology rich learning environment based on best practices from schools and districts worldwide.

Monday, October 15
Session 1 | 8:00 am – 9:15 am

Maximizing Your Retirement Income

As an administrator in the NYS Teachers Retirement System, you have a great benefit in the NYS Pension. Understanding the true value of this benefit, how to maximize the income stream to you and your family, and how to properly supplement it are critical to provide you with a comfortable retirement. This workshop will go over the decisions and tactics specific to school administrators that will help you prepare a successful retirement plan.

Designing and Leading a Successful Inclusive School
Bob Bailey and Heather Sackett, Elmira City SD

Broadway Academy in the Elmira School District has developed a fully inclusive instructional program for ALL students. This workshop focuses on successful inclusive practices to provide the tools to transform and adapt instructional models.

Empower Student Voices With a Student Led Media Literacy Conference
Doreen Bergman, OCM BOCES

Learn about the First Annual Student-led Media Literacy Conference in Central NY that grew out of a collaborative effort between BOCES, school districts, and WCNY to provide a model for students to take true ownership of their learning. Take away tools and resources to spark the event in your own school.

Embedding STEAM With the Community in Mind
Caitlin Bowen and Mariah Kramer, Wellsville CSD

Learn the strategies a rural district has used to embed STEAM into all P-12 content areas in an integrated rather than separated model that features community partnership and involvement.

Continuing the Conversation: A Panel Discussion for Essential Service and Civil Service Administrators
Bettyjean Callon and Andy Scott, Rochester City SD

Join us for this year’s panel discussion on issues faced by essential and civil service administrators. Explore your role as a building or district leader and leave with proposed solutions to common concerns.

Bringing Mindfulness to Your School
Kathleen Carney, Sherri Spina, and Jennifer Olds, Central Valley and Herkimer CSD

Mental health concerns have never been more prevalent. Mindfulness decreases stress, depression, and anxiety while benefiting health and overall well-being. This session provides practical applications for administrators to use with staff and staff to use with students.

The Path to A Trauma Informed School: Planning the Journey
Susan Ciminelli, Retired Member

How do schools become ‘trauma-informed’? This workshop is for those familiar with ACES and ready to learn next steps to implement change. Attendees will leave with an outline of a master implementation plan for school-wide transformation.

Rethinking Discipline
Eric Hartz and Peter Ahart, Newfield CSD

What are restorative actions, and how are they different from K-12 disciplinary practices of the past? Discuss the role of the leader and walk away from this interactive workshop with new ideas and strategies to share.


Session 2 | 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Preparation for NYS Assessment in the World of Computer Based Testing. Practice, Practice, Practice…
Scott Crowder, Bill Haltermann, and Pam Roberge, Educational Vistas

Computer-based testing is here. Are your students ready? Learn about the benefits of an efficient process and platform to prepare students to take the NYS ELA and math assessments online in the Questar Assessment Nextera system.

A Mental Model for Becoming A Stronger Instructional Leader
Richard Jones and Kathleen Weigel, Successful Practices Network CTE Technical Assistance Center

Every school leader knows that instructional leadership is vital, but time is a challenge. Overcome the difficulty of finding time with a simple mental model to make instructional leadership an ongoing part of all teacher conversations. Take away practical strategies and online tools.

Collaborative Culture Builders: Learning Walks, Walkthroughs and Mastermind Groups
Jared Kahmar, Port Jervis City SD

Explore how one school is leading reform through a shift in culture. Discover how to use teacher-led learning walks, the feedback loop, research and inquiry to facilitate change, as well as mastermind groups to lead that change.

Promoting Respectful Student Activism After Parkland
Clifford Kasson, Andrew Blaine, Dawn Young, Vestal CSD

How do we maintain civil discourse in the midst of national protest and the growing need to give students a voice and a role in making schools safer? Learn how to build capacity by promoting school leadership in difficult times.

Root Cause, Early Intervention and RTI for Behavior
Kevin Kelly and Becky Dostie, Cobleskill-Richmondville CSD

Explore practical ways to use resources to address skill deficits our youngest learners present with when they enter school, and learn innovative ways to use grant funding and explicit teaching and modeling to improve students’ abilities to adapt to the school setting.

What Every Principal Needs to Know About Instructional Coaching
Mary Kolodziejczak, Orchard Park CSD

Are you curious about instructional coaching? Come and learn about how coaching can transform your school culture, open classroom doors, improve instructional practice, and raise student achievement.

The Process of Transforming the Rochester City School District
Annmarie Lehner and Glen Vanderwater III, Rochester City SD

What were the challenges of a digital transformation and what was learned along the way? Rochester will share the model developed with its teachers’ union that provides for the highest level of support and PD to transform teaching practices.


Session 3 | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Bringing Substance Abuse Support to Students Through a Community Partnership
James Bennefield, Lisa Meade, Jennifer Neifeld, and Valerie Delsignore, Hudson Falls CSD

The Hudson Falls team shares how they identified an unmet need of students struggling with substance and alcohol abuse and brainstormed a new intervention partnership to provide an onsite recovery counselor.

Collaborative Leadership: Investing in Social and Professional Capital
Tom Mangano, Retired Member

Learn to recognize the value of collaboration as a leadership tool. Explore the skills and strategies to identify and use the strengths of your school community to promote innovation and foster the belief that we are all stakeholders, not bystanders.

Supporting TA and Teacher Collaboration: What Administrators Need to Know
Gretchen Oliver, Elizabeth Daley, and Mary Ann Nickloy, Greater Capital Region Teacher Center

Teaching assistants play a vital role in K-12 classrooms, but are they utilized to their fullest potential? Find out how a team of Teacher Leadership Coaches developed a course that advances the professional learning of TAs and builds collaboration with teacher partners.

Redesigning Learning Spaces
Amaris Scalia, North Rockland CSD

Students of today are different, so why do so many classrooms and learning spaces look the same as they did decades ago. This interactive workshop will allow you to see flexible learning environments that promote creative thinking in action.

Understanding the Opportunities of the NYS Essential Elements Schools to Watch Program
David Snide, Brian Sherman, and David Payton, NYS Essential Elements Schools to Watch Program

NYS Schools to Watch Program is grounded in educational research, adolescent psychology, and the wisdom of practice. Learn about this highly regarded middle school program that offers both recognition and a model for ongoing reflection and continuous improvement.

The Hidden Bias of Good People
Ruth Turner, Rochester City SD

How can someone’s age, race, sex and other characteristics influence the way we see them even when we think we are unbiased? What does implicit bias look like, why does it exist, and how can we take steps to address and reduce it?

Growth Mindset: Two Schools’ Paradigm Shifts
Michael Yannucci and Jodi Marchese, Plainview-Old Bethpage (POB) SD

We always hear, “failure is not an option,” but it is through failure that we learn and grow. See how leaders can build a culture of trust where teachers and students are not afraid to take risks, try new things, and get a little uncomfortable with new challenges.

Building Leadership Among Essential and Civil Service Employees
Larry Dake, Union-Endicott CSD

How do we get employees who interact with students everyday as aides, monitors, custodians, drivers, and food service staff on board with key training? Find out how Union Endicott is doing this now and leave with a ready-to-use template to build leadership capacity in these role groups.


Session 4 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

SAANYS Legal Update
Arthur Scheuermann, SAANYS General Counsel

Understanding the ESSA Plan
Jason Harmon, NYSED Director, Office of ESSA-Funded Programs

NYSED will explain the ESSA plan and in particular, what the implications are for all school leaders.

Sunday Vendor Luncheon Education Sessions
11:45 am-12:45 pm

 5 Steps To Productive Parent Engagement – Castle Learning
Parents and guardians need to play a key role in the academic success of their child. However, most parents do not know how to effectively engage in their child’s academic life. This session will discuss the why’s, how’s, and five keys steps to developing a parent participation plan in your district or school.

Unify Assessment, Practice and Instruction to Maximize Student Growth – Renaissance
Do you feel like there just isn’t enough time to keep up with everything? Student growth through personalized learning is a vision that every teacher has, but the reality seems out of reach. Renaissance® understands this challenge and has developed Renaissance Flow 360® to help unify products, simplify planning, and identify student mastery and growth.

Topics covered during this session include:
• Explore current research about personalized learning and the importance of deep practice
• Save time (but still differentiate) through group lesson planning
• Plan and assign practice, instruction, and formative assessment in one place
• Use reports in student goal setting, PLCs, and school improvement plans
• View student mastery at domain, standard, and skill levels
• Monitor growth

Building Capacity for Continuous Improvement Through Student Engagement – AdvancED
Session filled to capacity
Research suggests that leadership is a leading influence on student learning; second only to classroom instruction. Effective leadership relies less on a single decision maker and more on shared goals and objectives of a team equally passionate, involved and empowered to lead the institution toward continuous improvement. This session leverages the power of collaboration among such a team with AdvancED facilitators who are experienced education leaders and skilled in the art of asking just the right probing questions. By understanding the demands faced by leaders across the institution, facilitators empower and motivate participants to uncover the true nature of their challenges, ideate solutions and discover a path to realize the institutional goals.

Blended Learning – McGraw Hill Education
Differentiation? Individualized instruction? Is it possible for educators to truly meet the needs of diverse classroom? The answer is a resounding YES! With blended learning we can utilize an instructional delivery mode where instruction is conducted partly online and partly face-to-face with a key distinguishing factor of reduced seat time. Personalization of student learning puts the child at the center of the learning experience to create an optimal learning environment. It encompasses flexibility in space, content and learner pathways to provide a suitable environment for student success. This delivery mode is one of the fastest growing and most successful instructional models to deliver flexible learning options for today’s learners.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists, Engineers, and Curious Citizens – Amplify
Join Jeff Dannemiller for a tour of Amplify Science, a brand new phenomena-based curriculum designed to meet 100% of the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards. Amplify Science is a highly-engaging curriculum for grades K-8 that integrates the latest research and practices in science education, as well as interactive digital tools and hands-on activities, to teach students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. All attendees will receive free demo access to the program.

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